Rhea County Elementary School Student Found With Drugs in System Making Recovery

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Updated: 11/21/2013 6:41 pm
RHEA COUNTY,TN,(WDEF)- Rhea County Sheriff's officials say they are awaiting a toxicology report after confirming there were traces of 
Amphetamines and barbiturates in a Spring City Elementary student's system.

Superintendent of Schools Jerry Levengood believes what ever the student may have taken whether it was candy or something else did not come from a Rhea county school.

"Went home, showed no effects of illness on the bus on the ride home, then at some point on Tuesday was taken to the hospital"

Levengood says they have been working closely with Rhea County detectives on the case.

"With the teachers and the students we have conducted interviews we can find no connection to any candy being given to the student at school by a student certainly not by a teacher"

Rocky Potter of Rhea County Sheriff's confirmed the child was unconscious and unresponsive.

Dr Erin Reade of Erlanger Pediatrics says that there are child doses for both drugs in certain situations.

"Legally used prescribed amphetamines that are prescribed for children such as for ADHD, some of the doses would be in the normal range those that are prescribed for children "

However Dr Reade says regardless of what caused the child's illness it's important to keep adult medications away from children at all times.

"Those medications can be toxic even with one adult dose for a child, because of their smaller body weight, it's very important for younger parents of younger children to keep the medications locked up and up high, not to take them out of their original containers"

Superintendent Levengood says the student is recovering

The Superintendent added that the Facebook rumors and allegations regarding the illness should not be taken seriously.


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